In this age of Pinterest there seems to be no end of DIY advice for re-purposing all the old junk you have lying around. But uh, I don’t know about you, but it’s rare that I actually have all these things — old picture frames, vintage wine crates, pallets, etc, who HAS all that stuff?
But then, on occasion, I come across a project with materials I actually do happen to have. It is like a lightbulb goes off and I think, HEY, I can MAKE that!!! And it gets filed away on one of my pinboards, only to be forgotten until I stumble across the object and think, “oh yeah, I should make that project some day…”
Well here is a project that finally came into fruition, thanks to the beautiful spring weather and my eagerness to get into the garden. I got the idea from this website when I came across it on Pinterest: tutorial: spiral herb garden.
My house came with an enormous stack of ancient bricks in the backyard. With summer approaching, I’ve been wanting to plant some edibles in my yard, but not until I test the soil and make sure there are no heavy metals lurking underground. So I had been planning to stick to container gardening for this year, and here was a perfect way to get started.
I chose a sunny spot that was filled with weeds and daylilies like this:
Though the existence of the daylilies seem to indicate full sun, it is hard to tell now before the trees fully leaf out. So I decided to stick with veggies that (supposedly, I’ve never tried…) can thrive in lower light — swiss chard, arugula, and cilantro. As the spring and summer progress, I’ll reassess and adapt as necessary.
I cleared and leveled out the ground:
And as the tutorial explained, lay down some cardboard as a foundation and got started laying out my spiral!
It took a couple days to set it all up, with the help of Mr. R. Finally I filled it with some straw and then a large bag of potting soil.
I started with some seed, but with the extremely hot, dry weather we’ve been having, and considering I am not home 24/7 to keep the soil moist, I didn’t have much luck. So I picked up some seedlings nearby; hopefully this way I’ll be able to really drench the soil enough to last all day.
Gardening is always a little touch and go, especially as strange as the weather has been this spring. And I’m new to this whole container gardening thing. So we’ll see how this works out — hopefully I’ll have some fresh greens soon!
The next object I want to re-purpose into a container garden is what I think is an old wash basin, cemented into the ground next to my brick spiral. I already had Mr. R drill some drainage holes, but, even in this warm weather, I think I’ll wait till beyond the average last frost date in May just to be safe.